Search Results: "Joyce Sweeney"


BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR JUNE by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"However, Sophie comes across as a compelling character, and the unsolved mysteries will probably keep readers interested all the way to the happy, if overly optimistic, end. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Sophie, a high-school senior, is in the third trimester of her pregnancy in this uneven story that blends magical realism and serious problems. Read full book review >

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THE GUARDIAN by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Suspenseful and unexpectedly tender, this short, action-packed thriller will be an easy sell to reluctant readers. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
This fast-paced family drama will appeal to fans of The Rules of Survival (2006) by Nancy Werlin and The Compound (2008) by S.A. Bodeen. Read full book review >

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HEADLOCK by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"However, the straightforward plot combines with genuine emotional baggage—abandonment, alcoholism, first love and the cost of guilt and familial love—and a happy ending for a surprisingly satisfying read. (Fiction. YA)"
A would-be WWE wrestler finds that having the moves may not be enough. Read full book review >

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FREE FALL by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"More confessional fiction than a survival story, this is likely to disappoint readers expecting another riveter like Sweeney's Shadow (1994). (Fiction. 12+)"
Four teenagers lost in a Florida cave for 24 hours spill their souls in this wordy, unevenly paced adventure. Read full book review >

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THE TIGER ORCHARD by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"A study in paternal love and good intentions gone awry, in a story of YA angst transcended. (Fiction. 12+)"
Zachary believes his father has been dead since he was five; like younger brother Joshua, he recognizes that his mother has done an admirable job of raising them. Read full book review >

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TAKEDOWN by Joyce Sweeney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Engaging, witty, sometimes insightful, and always full of suspense, Sweeney hits her target. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this corker of a hostage drama laced with humor, 13-year-old Joe watches professional wrestling with his buddies when Charlie Dorn, a murderer on a rampage, bluffs his way into Joe's house. Read full book review >

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PIANO MAN by Joyce Sweeney
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Sweeney astutely conveys Deidre's self-conscious and easily aroused erotic sensibilities, while deft dialogue, willing players, and plausible events illustrate the physical and emotional dangers of acting out fantasies, however innocent. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a variegated tapestry of relationships, Deidre Holland—who at 14 has never even been alone on a date—confuses fantasy with reality when she's attracted to a 26-year-old man. Read full book review >

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THE SPIRIT WINDOW by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"A novel of fierce emotions, credibly brewed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lost tempers and conflicting loyalties color this bitter story of a family divided over the fate of a tract of Florida land. Read full book review >

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PLAYERS by Joyce Sweeney
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Kids who have played on teams will enjoy exploring the complexities of team dynamics, and basketball enthusiasts will simply lap this one up. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Sports are a metaphor for life in Sweeney's outing (Spirit Window, 1998, etc.) where naïveté and trust meet up with unbridled ambition. Read full book review >

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THE STAR ATTRACTION by Alison Sweeney
Released: May 14, 2013

"That sense of humor that can save a person in real life makes this an extremely fun read."
A highly entertaining debut from Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives for 20 years. Read full book review >

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NORTH KOREA UNDERCOVER by John Sweeney
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2015

"In a carefully footnoted and documented work, Sweeney has done his homework, though the snide tone grates."
The mocking account of an English investigative journalist's undercover visit to North Korea underscores the fact that the dire state is no laughing matter. Read full book review >

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SCARED SCRIPTLESS by Alison Sweeney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"With a lovable heroine and industry gossip, Sweeney's latest goes behind the scenes and straight to the heart."
A unique take on workplace romance from the actress-turned-author (The Star Attraction, 2013) whose TV credits include The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives. Read full book review >